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Voters Will Decide Elected Property Appraiser Question

Voters will be asked whether they want to directly elect Miami-Dade County's property appraiser, after county commissioners voted 8 to 3 Tuesday to put that question on the Jan. 29…

Commercebank Gets Name Change To Mercantil Commercebank

Commercebank of Coral Gables has changed its name to Mercantil Commercebank and this week is unveiling a new branding strategy that will more closely identify the bank with its holding…

Gimenez Gives Up On Budget Plan

Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos Gimenez has withdrawn his proposal to have the commission prepare its own budget, separate from the mayor's, in favor of another plan he said he will submit…

County Charter Task Forceendorses Switch To Elected Property Appraiser

The Miami-Dade County Charter Review Task Force last week voted to recommend direct election of the county property appraiser and reviewed its interim report to county commissioners, containing several recommendations…

Railroad Not Answer To Portrelated Traffic Woes Pros Say

Railroad-based solutions to relieve truck congestion at the Port of Miami, and on surrounding downtown streets, are not a viable alternative to the proposed $1 billion tunnel project, port officials…

County Ordered Poverty Trust To Fund Florida Ftaa

Miami-Dade County officials say they thought low-income areas would benefit from jobs and economic development if the Free Trade Area of the Americas were to bring its Secretariat to Miami.…

Carnival Center Late On County Debt Payment

The Carnival Center for the Performing Arts missed a $1.5 million payment for construction-related debt that was due Oct. 1, County Manager George Burgess reported last week.…

Charter Reviewers Wrestling With Incorporation Annexation

The Miami-Dade County Charter Review Task Force last week debated, but took no action, on incorporation and annexation of the county's unincorporated areas.…

County Set To End Rule On Worker Residency

Faced with hard-to-fill vacancies and high cost-of-living expenses, Miami-Dade County commissioners Tuesday took steps to eliminate the local residency requirement for county employees who aren't already exempt.…

County Proposal Would Require Arts Program To Spend On Maintenance

Miami-Dade County's Art in Public Places program would be required to reserve as much as a third of its annual funding for maintenance, restoration and repair of its existing collection…

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